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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Racey Helps

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Farmyard Cries

Farmyard Cries card game, designed by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1952.

Farmyard Cries

Jungle Thrills & Safari

Jungle Thrills illustrated by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1955.

Jungle Thrills & Safari

Pets / Family Favourites

Pets card game illustrated by Racey Helps was published by Pepys Games in 1955 but re-named Family Favourites in 1962.

Pets / Family Favourites

Woodland Old Maid

Woodland Old Maid, a Pepys Card Game illustrated by Racey Helps, first published c.1957.

Woodland Old Maid

Woodland Snap

Woodland Snap is played with a pack of 44 cards illustrated with "Woodland" characters by Racey Helps the famous children's artist.

Woodland Snap